Okay, I am awake and I was invited to eat some home cooked korean breakfast thanks to Hyungjin. It consisted of white rice (of course), some red vegetable stew, and a fried egg each. Quite delicious!
Alrighty, I left off at Guo Mao, the China World Mall. When I was returning home on the subway a very nice stranger tried talking to me. I got as far as asking his name, giving him mine, and kinda-sorta saying "Nice to meet you". Never the less, he kept trying to talk and as always I felt bad because I just had to shake me head, smile, and shrug. Actually, "Ting bu dong" (thats not in characters of course), means "I don't understand", so I said that too. I shook his hand when I left the subway and he told me "Good luck" in english.
On the way back to my room I passed by a blind, homeless musician (The things you see in Chinese movies actually have a lot of truth to them). I dropped some money in his can -- it would be a good picture, but I don't want to be rude.
Alrighty, I've made it back to school and I promised to help Natalia set up her internet splitter for her room. Mission accomplished! I helped her with that and she told me about Argentina and her family. She gave me a Snickers bar from Mongolia as a reward, which I might save to bring home and show you guys! Or I'll eat it when I get tempted
The good news is I'm losing weight here. Its easy to when you have to make every trip out to eat an adventure. I also try to stick to vege's and chicken.. But not last night...
Natalia invited Audrey and I to her friends birthday celebration and of course we accepted. Right after Nati's (Natalia's nickname) room, I went up to Audrey's and helped her roommate set up her router as well. Mission Accomplished!
At 5 we met Nati and 3 other latino girls. Kind of funny that I was hearing Spanish all night, just like home!! I met Natalie, Isabelle, and Pamela. Natalie was from Peru, Isabelle was Guatemalan (I think I might be wrong though), and Pamela is from Bolivia. All very nice of course. Isabelle spoke little english but was very nice none the less. The birthday girl was named Angela and we all went off to meet her at the Thai restaurant that she requested. A long trip on the subway later and we are in the middle of the city near the foreign people's area, as its known. Pretty amazing place at night, I believe Audrey got pictures so I think I'll ask her if I can post some here. When we arrived, like I said in the last post (refer to the link there) -- I was blown away by this place. Incredible! You would spend a hundred bucks a meal in America for a place like this. When we got inside we were introduced to Angela, who ironically was Chinese from Guatemala (again, I might be wrong about the country). But, she spoke English incredibly well, as well as Spanish (which was her first language), and Chinese. I ordered Tom Kha Gai soup of course, which is coconut milk soup. I also ordered Thai Iced Tea as always (which also has coconut milk <3 ) and for my main course I got Indian Lamb Curry.... Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. We all collectively paid for Angela and I slipped off to find the Maître d' to ask if he could make something special for the birthday girl. He was a 6'5" half Swedish, half Vietnamese guy who spoke Spanish as well -- we were all pleasantly surprised by that. Mission Success! He had the head lady (another overseer type person) make up a heart shaped dessert with a candle (coconut! woohoo!). My total was 120RMB, which is like $17... I love food here.
We left to restaurant initially planning to go to a Karaoke bar. We hit the subway to head back towards the school and the bar and coincidentally met two cute Chinese girls from school, their English names we Sally and Jackie. We talked to them for a long time and they walked back with us to campus, where we met a German guy named Felix who was also very nice (of course). At that point, I realized I was exhausted, so I said my goodbyes and went off to update the previous entry. So there we are!
I'm doing some real sight seeing tomorrow, real pictures of real Chinese history coming soon.
Oh, I'll get some pics of my dorm, the school, and my friends up soon too.
Today is a new adventure, bye bye